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Thursday, March 19, 2009
The perfect man with Misty Evans
Remember when Prince sang those words? Do you remember doing the hand motions with them? I was in college when that song was popular and I thought nothing would be better than to have a guy who would profess his love in such a way.
The perfect man…he would die for you, right? But let’s face it, not many of us, post high school or college, want our guys purposely putting their lives in jeopardy to prove their love.. There are little things they do, though, that can tell us how deep their feelings run.
In the stories I write, my heroes usually get the chance to lay their life down for the heroine. Yet, I prefer they prove their love under less dire circumstances and in more mundane, everyday ways. For example, in my novel, I’D RATHER BE IN PARIS, my heroine, Zara, is a highly-skilled and well-trained CIA operative. She’s also a fashionista. In the beginning, Lawson accuses her of being a pampered rich girl playing at being a spy. When they’re thrown together on a mission and things go awry, he realizes she’s his equal in many ways, and even his superior in a few. A pivotal point between Zara and Lawson comes when he helps her take off a very expensive Valentino dress before they enjoy a night together…
Zara looked down at the folds of white silk covering her legs. It would be a shame to wreck such a wonderful dress, but…
“Forget the dress. I can replace it if necessary.”
A sensual smile danced on Lawson’s mouth, and he stepped toward her. “You had to think about it.”
She took a step back. “It is a Valentino.”
The next morning, she wakes to find the Valentino hanging on a nearby wardrobe. At that moment, she realizes that Lawson *gets* her, all because he hung up her dress.
In my paranormal comedy, WITCHES ANONYMOUS, the Devil is in love with Amy, who’s doing her best to leave him behind. When she takes a fall and ends up with a lump on her head, he brings her chocolate and heals her injury with a touch of his hand. When she’s caught in a fire and left with smoke-scorched vocal chords, he soothes her throat with magical ice cream. He tells her he loves her, but shows the ultimate act of love by returning her stolen spell book to her – even though she’s leaving with her new boyfriend. His actions prove he does indeed love her more effectively than anything he could say to her.
BTW, because Luc’s character is so much fun and I feel bad about her dumping him, I’m writing a sequel. Even the Devil should have true love, right?
In real life, my hubby of almost twenty-years makes me a cappuccino every morning before he leaves for work. He buys me flannel pajamas because I’m always cold. He indulges my love for Coach bags. He makes me breakfast on Sunday mornings. Would he lay down his life for me? You bet, but I don’t need that kind of chivalrous act. The proof is in the little things.
How about you? What does your man do that shows you he would die for you?
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Growing up, Misty was an avid fan of Charlie’s Angels and sat by the phone waiting for Charlie to call when she wasn’t off on her own adventures. Still ready to spring into action if Charlie should need her, Misty is grateful for her hero of a husband who keeps her coffee cup filled and doesn’t care if she writes in her flannels. She’s a member of several writing organizations, teaches creative writing classes, and is currently on a blog tour promoting her latest story. For more information, visit her website at www.readmistyevans.com .